Tim Tebow, a day after his 23rd birthday, wasn't bad in Denver's 33-24 loss to Cincinnati. But the good news is that Tebow out performed Brady Quinn, who will need a lot of EAS to hold onto his backup role.
Tebow entered in the 3rd quarter and scored a touchdown on Denver's last offensive play; a seven-yard scramble that ended with a goal line dive through two Bengals defenders. His best throw was a deep liner to Denver WR Matthew Willis, that Willis let bounce off his hands.
Tebow was 8 of 13 for 105 yards with the rushing touchdown. He was hit hard on a sack, that was originally ruled a fumble and touchdown return, until it was overturned as a forward pass. During that sequence of plays, Tebow got lazy and was winding up around his hip. Tebow is carrying the ball higher, but you can tell when he gets lazy versus using the new throw he has learned. Tebow was good on the move, a result of coaching that is keeping his body squared and making accurate throws. But he was also holding the ball too long and sacked twice. (The second sack was on a scramble, but NFL scorers will not call them run plays like SEC scorers did.)
Quinn was 6 of 16 for 68 yards, with a pick and threw like a guy who could be released. And he did that with half of Denver's first team on the field. Kyle Orton was 8 of 13 for 84 yards and two touchdowns, clearly the best of the three quarterbacks. After one game, it is clear the back-up role for Denver is a race and Tebow has the edge.